Today was kind-of an off day for me. I’ve had many of those over the past several years. You know the kind of day that I’m referring to. You woke up feeling excited about a new direction that God is taking your life in. You feel His favor showering upon you. Those days of nothingness are starting to feel like there is substance and purpose and finally, direction. That joy you have been seeking, well, it appears to be on the horizon. You have a little extra pep in your step. When you speak, you hear it yourself. “Hmmm, I think I might be experiencing peace.” Peace. Joy. A little bit of happiness. All in one day. You take a deep breath. “Wait a minute? I’m actually breathing again.”
Then, those old feelings of defeat begin to resurface. Anxiety tries to work it’s way back in. You’re thinking, “I knew this was too good to be true.” At first, it’s not even about you. Every text message, every phone call, it’s regarding some stressful event in someone else’s life. No, the news is not brought to you with the intention of bringing you down, but Satan tries to use those moments as a way to creep back in. You want to be compassionate and offer a listening ear and support, but you are starting to drown in the cares of everyone else’s life. Then, it happens. You begin to start doubting the direction you thought your life was heading in. You begin to even start doubting yourself. “Am I really enough? Can God really use me?”
This was my day on today. I began to feel unworthy of the blessings that God is manifesting and about to bring into my life. “I’m just little old me”, I constantly heard myself saying; as if I’m unimportant and what I have to share with the world is not enough.
But God says, not so. You are enough, because you have ME.
You are enough because God is ordering your steps. Do you see how Satan works? He oftentimes won’t come at you directly, but he’ll try to use everything else that is happening around you to try to distract you. He wants you and I to feel defeated and exhausted and overwhelmed, just by life itself, so that we don’t have the time for and the desire to continue to pursue the things of God. He tries to bring all of these questions of doubt into our minds.
So, what’s the solution? In spite of everything that is going on around us, we must choose joy and have a thankful heart.
Philippians 4:4-9 is a familiar passage of Scripture. But just because something is familiar does not mean that we do not need reminders and a renewed mind. Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) tells us that God will keep us in perfect peace, all who trust in Him; all whose thoughts are fixed on God! So, when Satan comes to distract us, we must go to God and allow Him to renew our minds.
Philippians 4:4-9 (NLT) says,
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
We are to always be full of joy in the Lord. We are to rejoice in the Lord. We are to let everyone see that we are considerate in all we do. In all of our actions, we are to remember that the Lord is coming soon. Encourage someone else. Speak words of life. Spend a little time listening to others. We don’t have to be anxious about anything. God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds as we live in Christ Jesus.
If we fill our minds with such things, we won’t have time for or space in our thoughts for the things that Satan tries to bring against us. What is weighing on your mind is what you will speak about in conversation with others. It will be what you dwell on each day. Therefore, we should fill our minds with the things of God, that way our focus will be on Him.
How do I fill my mind with the things of God and keep my focus on Him?
I can continue to read devotions and bible studies and books that help me to keep my mind on the Lord. I can continue to write prayers based on Scripture and read and recite them every day to get them in my spirit. I can continue to learn about the Word of God and express what I’ve learned through my devotions and online bible studies. Doing these things will help me to not focus so much on the cares of this life, which will reduce my worry. Instead of worrying, I need to pray and give it to God. Then I will experience His peace. I need to stop complaining and talking about how tired I am and just keep moving forward because God is strengthening me day by day.
There is not a day that goes by where something will not occur in our lives that catches us by surprise or throws us off our “A” game for the day. But we must say, “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Lord thank you for this day. Help me to make it a great one regardless of what is going on around me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
No one said that life would be without complications and daily frustrations. Even for those who have Christ in our lives, life will be life, and there will always be something that will try to pull and tug at the joy and happiness that Christ wants us to have. But the key is to always give thanks in the midst of it all.
God has given us life and He will provide us with continued strength to make it through each day, regardless of what that day may bring. The Bible says in 1 Chronicles 16:34 (KJV), “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” Christ shows his love and his mercy to us each and every day. No matter what comes or what goes, we owe him thanks; thanks for dying on the cross for our sins and taking it all upon His shoulders, thanks for the ability to get up each day and to keep pressing forward, and quite simply put, thanks for the ability to still give thanks in the midst of it all.
He deserves it, so thank Him today!
Lord, help me to be more thankful for your presence in my life. Help me to remember that you are in charge and that without you, I would never be able to handle or endure what comes my way each day. Lord, you are worthy of all the honor and praise, and you are due thanksgiving from my heart. Help me to give back to you the thanks that you are due in the midst of it all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Satan wants us to think that our contribution to the Kingdom of God is not enough. But God can use us right where we are. Our message of hope in the God who changed our lives is unique to each of us. We all have a story to tell that can bring about change in someone’s life. Never hold back because you feel inferior.
This has been my issue at times, a lack of confidence in myself to be mighty to do the things that God has called me to do. I feel like someone may judge my efforts and deem them as not enough. I haven’t always followed God’s direct path for me. But neither did so many others in the Bible, but God used them. I am who God created me to be. He made me this way so that I could be a living testimony to others.
Hey, I think I’m pretty good with a pen and paper, but just getting up and speaking before a large crowd of people off the cuff, now that isn’t really who I aim to be. But maybe, just perhaps, that is who God made you to be. You have a gift of reciting God’s Word and knowing exactly where to find Scriptures for every situation. Guess what? God can use us both.
It doesn’t matter if you need to reference the Bible in order to speak God’s truth. That’s why He gave it in written form and why it is so readily available to us all. We can pick up our Bible from the nightstand or we can search God’s Word in an electronic format. God knew what He was doing when He instructed Moses to write down the commandments. He knew that we would need daily reminders and a place to turn to when we needed a Word from Him. So don’t beat yourself up and I won’t either for times of feeling inadequate; those times when we feel like someone else is more deserving to be called by God.
Why? Because we are more than enough because we have the God who is enough.
Perhaps your job is to help to uplift those in leadership positions or to mentor others. Perhaps my job is to touch the “least of these”. Together, we are enough, working in God’s will to draw others to Him. If my life only touches but another, then I have done the will of God and He is well pleased.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (KJV) says,
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
2 Peter 3:9 (NLT) says,
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
Let your message be about God and to His glory and God will handle the rest. For it is only God who can give the increase. Be obedient to your personal call from God. God sees us at our best. He sees us in His image, perfect to be used to fulfill His greater purpose; the saving of all who are lost.
Don’t be fooled by the distraction that Satan attempts to bring. You are more than enough when God chooses you. I am more than enough because God chose me.
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